How Self-Moving Works

What is self-moving? 

Just like it sounds, self-moving is moving your household goods yourself. While many people automatically think truck rental when they think of a self-move, it’s not the only way. Services like U-Pack® — where you pack and load and we deliver door-to-door — also fall into this category, and it can be easier and just as affordable as renting a truck (without doing all the work!).  

Couple packing moving boxes together doing a self-move.


How much work do you want to do? 

The beauty of self-moving is that you’re in control. You get to choose when and how you pack and load — a rarity with moving companies on a tight schedule because they’re loading multiple families into one moving van. Basically, you just have to decide what size equipment you need, when you want to start loading and how much of the work you want to do. Do you want to pack, load AND drive, or would you rather just do the packing and loading and let the experts do the driving?      

Types of self-moving services 

  1. Truck rental is the most labor-intensive DIY moving option. You do all the work — equipment pickup and drop-off, loading, unloading and driving. Doing all the work doesn’t necessarily mean big savings. Once you factor in fuel, liability coverage and travel costs, it can become a pricy self-move option (especially since you’re doing everything).  

  2. Portable storage is an option for those who don’t want to drive during their self-move. A storage container is dropped off at your home, and you load everything inside. These types of services typically take a month to complete (loading, transportation, storage and unloading), so if you’re moving directly without the need for storage, it may not be ideal.  

  3. U-Pack is a hybrid moving service where you pack and load, but we do the driving. It’s similar to portable storage since equipment is delivered to your door, but since storage is optional, you can get your belongings much faster. And because our rates include everything (equipment, transportation, liability coverage), the price can be comparable (or sometimes even cheaper) than truck rental. And you know all the costs upfront.  

What makes U-Pack self-moving services different?

If saving money while being freed up to drive to your new home in the comfort of your own vehicle sounds appealing, U-Pack is an excellent choice. 


In most locations you have the option of moving in either a moving trailer or a ReloCube container — depending on which best meets your needs. You can also look into more money-saving options, like loading and unloading at a local service center, which can significantly reduce the cost of your self-move. Learn more about how U-Pack works.  


U-Pack takes a unique approach to calculating the cost of your move. While truck rental prices are based on mileage and the equipment you rent, U-Pack rates are based on where you’re moving from and to and the space you use. Pay for the linear feet your belongings take up inside the moving trailer (down to a 5 ft. Min.) or the number of ReloCube containers you fill up. It's flexible! 


Since you're in charge of packing and loading, you'll know exactly how items are packed and secured. And your belongings are not co-mingled or loaded and unloaded in transit — they stay where you placed them until you unload.   


If you need storage, it's available. You can even speed up your shipment with expedited options or guarantee the delivery date.  

Learn more about how U-Pack differs from other moving services

How much does a U-Pack self-move cost? 

Get a quick quote online to see how much it costs to move long distance with U-Pack, then compare to rates from other self-move options. It’s the most convenient (and often most affordable) way to move long distance when you want to do some of the work on your own!  

If you need help determining the best options for your self-move, leave a comment below. We're here to help!